Ships hit by U-boats


British Steam merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage6,695 tons
Completed1920 - William Doxford & Sons Ltd, Sunderland 
OwnerR. Chapman & Son, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
Date of attack27 Mar 1941Nationality:      British
FateSunk by U-98 (Robert Gysae)
Position58° 51'N, 22° 36'W - Grid AL 2518
Complement41 (41 dead - no survivors)
ConvoySC-25 (straggler)
RoutePhiladelphia - Sydney - Hull 
Cargo8769 tons of pig iron 
History Completed in April 1920 
Notes on event

At 13.50 hours on 27 March 1941 the unescorted Koranton (Master Charles Edward Howard), a straggler from station #54 in convoy SC-25, was hit by a stern torpedo from U-98 and sank immediately about 320 miles south of Reykjavik, Iceland. The U-boat had spotted the ship two hours earlier in bad weather and temporarily lost contact before carrying out a submerged attack. The Germans investigated the sinking position but only found a large field of debris. The master, 38 crew members and two gunners were lost.

On boardWe have details of 41 people who were on board

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